Mission & Vision
Chef John Folse Culinary Institute Mission:
We deliver an affordable 4-year college experience, with a full-spectrum culinary foundation plus specializations leading to careers in culinary management immersed in the Louisiana culinary culture.
To be the international leader in educating culinary professionals, inspired by Louisiana culture.
The Chef John Folse Culinary Institute began offering courses for college credit in 1995. The institute accepted its inaugural academic class in January 1996, offering an associate of science degree. The Board of Regents authorized Nicholls to offer a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts in 1997, making it the first four-year culinary degree program at a U.S. public university.
Today, the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute serves as one of the university’s areas of excellence. The unique cuisine attracts renowned international chefs to the Thibodaux campus to learn Southern cooking and culture each year.